So right after I posted on the blog this morning, I popped on over to FitSugar for some light morning reading. If you read my post today, you might remember I was complaining about how hot it is outside and how it makes running such a chore. Well lo and behold, fitsugar is once again to the rescue with some tips on how to stay cool this summer!
High temps coupled with high humidity can make it pretty unbearable for your workouts. It’s not only uncomfortable, but overheating could lead to cramping or even heatstroke. Here are some ways you can use the power of water to keep cool.
- Wet head: Before heading out, take a quick cold shower to cool down your skin. Soak your hair, leave it dripping wet, and stick it in a tight bun. As you run, the wind will feel amazing on your cool head. If your hair is short, sport a wet bandana instead. Bring along a bottle of water and periodically pour some on your head to keep up the cooling effects.
- Ice sock: Many athletes such as Olympic marathoner Deena Kastor wear an ice vest before competing. It lowers their body temperature, and in turn increases their endurance when exercising in the heat. You can get the same effects throughout your entire workout with an ice sock. Use an old piece of pantyhose (because it’s stretchy and lightweight) and fill it with ice cubes using a funnel until it’s about six inches long. Knot the open end and stick it in your sports bra between your shoulder blades. No doubt, it’ll feel shockingly cold at first, but once you start running and heating up, as the ice melts, it’ll feel so good dripping down your back.
- Frozen towel: Keeping your neck cool will also prevent heat exhaustion and one way to do it is with a frozen towel. Soak a thin, lightweight hand towel, ring out the excess water and lay it flat in your freezer for at least an hour. Right before you’re ready to head out, wrap the towel around your neck and secure it with safety pins. Granted, it’s not the most attractive accessory, but it sure will keep you cool.